Fan Popo is a documentary filmmaker, film critic, and LGBT activist from China. His documentaries have focused on performance-based activism and coming out as LGBT in a Chinese context. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy, and has been a committee member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival since 2008. He is well known for his documentary film Mama Rainbow, in addition to his well publicized legal case against the Chinese state media regulator over censorship of it. He now lives in Berlin, Germany.
How We Made a Queer "City-Walk" Film During a Pandemic
As a Chinese diaspora living in Berlin, Germany, Fan put together a plan in the beginning of 2020 to make "City-Walk," about cinematic queer urban space in his neighborhood, Neukölln, Berlin. Because of the pandemic, he could not make the walk in the real world, but instead, as with HOPE, made creative use of the available technology to make the walk online using film. How did he do this? What was learned from virtualizing queer space, from queering virtual space? This workshop will share video, followed by live Q&A.